Strength & Conditioning. Why We Do It!
Benefits of Strength & Conditioning Training, and some common misconceptions.
As a Coach, I tend to do just as much corrective work on the perception of training as I do with form and postural fixes. Some people cringe at fitness titles and terms, never truly understanding the differences between training styles. Let's break this down!
Strength & Conditioning Training is a way to reap the benefits of muscle building, cardiovascular health. and more! We've all seen competition lifters putting in work. Their training goals are obviously different. Maybe you've had a friend do some hardcore Crossfit Training. It can be effective when done correctly, but often times leads to an increase of injury. Personal Trainers who are certified work 1 on 1 with you, usually in a gym setting, specializing in a plethora of lift techniques.
So what sets us apart? I'll give you 5 power points for S&C Training:
#1 - Athleticism
Who said you had to be a professional athlete to train like one?
Since Strength & Conditioning combines arguably two of the most vital aspects of training, we not only set goals for strength, but we put emphasis on mobility, speed, endurance. This also makes exercising more fun and challenging, as you're not just sitting down lifting for a whole session EVERY TIME!
#2 - Injury Reduction
Who enjoys being out of commission for weeks? NOT ME!
The conditioning aspect to me, doesn't end at cardiovascular endurance. We put our bodies through constant stress at work, even if you have a desk job. Your back and neck posture, lack of movement, your chair options and computer screen height, can all be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. Corrective exercises and postural fixes make a HUGE difference. The best part, many of these can be done from the comfort of your own home with minimal to no equipment.
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment" – Jim Rohn
#3 - Injury Recovery
My 5 herniated discs is no secret. Though they were obtained in a car accident, many competition lifters suffer similar injuries through their constant heavy weight training. Not to mention the common knee and shoulder injuries obtained from this type of training.
Now that's in no way, me telling people not to compete, or me saying competition lifting isn't badass. It's my personal preference of longevity over the latter. Strength & Conditioning Training helped me regain mobility and the ability to run and be more durable through corrective exercise and specific conditioning techniques.
#4 - Balance
I swear by unilateral training and its ability to help with muscle imbalance and favoritism. When training athletes, this is vital because it's often paired with movement pattern issues which if not worked on, can lead to injury. This doesn't only apply to athletes though.
I've preached to young football players about learning to fall properly. They would laugh, thinking it wouldn't be useful. But come game-time, the amount of injuries just due to falling forward, and habitually positioning arms out, or hands out to brace for a fall, are staggering. Learning proper fall, stop and go mechanics can elevate your game and protect you in the long run.
"Balance is not something you find, it's something you create." – Jana Kingsford
Tip #5 - The Trifecta!
Though many of us have different training goals, it's hard to believe we don't all want to be stronger, have more endurance, and physical range of motion. Strength & Conditioning training, when done right, promotes all three.
"As a female weight training will make me bulky and man-like!"
Someone else's workout routine will work the same for you.
Strength Training will stunt my young athletes growth.
"I don't benefit from Strength & Conditioning Training over 40+ years old"
The above statements have been proven to be wildly inaccurate!
Everyone can benefit from weight training.
What worked for one person may not work well for you.
Young athletes can improve their center of gravity, coordination, strength and more! And guess what? NO stunted growth!
People above 40 years old can benefit GREATLY from Strength & Conditioning, especially those in need of increased ROM and core strengthening that can improve posture/back pain! (Remember, core doesn't just mean abs!)
So don't feed into debunked myths or spend hours on a treadmill in hopes to get into shape.
(Unless it's specifically training related)
Get out there, have fun, and progress! Training like an athlete has some huge benefits!
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